"When I had kids, people said, 'Your career's going to be over. How are you going to tour?'" the singer who just released her ninth album said.
Being a mom is tough and so is being a rockstar. But Pink has mastered both. She is an amazing mom who is there to help her kids as well as an inspirational rockstar. "When I had kids, people said, 'Your career's going to be over. How are you going to tour?' " The Just Give Me A Reason singer, who is mom to daughter Willow, 11, and son Jameson, 6, with husband Carey Hart, 47 said to PEOPLE.
Yet Pink, 43, has proved the finger pointers wrong time and again, remaining one of the most loved pop stars of her generation. And that she's done it on her own terms. Adored by misfits and suburban moms alike, Pink has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, achieved 23 Top 40 singles, and earned three Grammys and an Emmy (taking her halfway to EGOT status). There is also more as her last tour was the second-highest-grossing tour of all time by a female artist.
Now, after the release of her ninth album Trustfall, she's ready to do it again, first with her Pink Summer Carnival stadium tour this summer, followed by the Trustfall arena tour in the fall.
Pink experienced a new level of joy when she and Hart became parents. She said in an interview with PEOPLE, "I did not know I was going to have a family. I didn't picture that for myself because I was terrified I would be a terrible mother," said Pink. "But, oh my God, being a mom is the most incredible thing I've ever done. It's shocking how responsible I've become."
Offstage she's gone from getting parties started to being a chaperone for them. "I was in charge of snacks for last week's basketball game, I'm chaperoning Willow's dance next Friday...Who am I?" she asked jokingly, adding, "But I love it."
Indeed, she "is a powerhouse in everything she does — work and play," said her longtime friend, actress Selma Blair. "Pink would organize these annual campouts at her house with all her friends and kids. She knows the love and strength in the community. She's the ultimate mama and rock star. She made time, created it for all of us to have that weekend to just dance and eat and play."
Blair added, "One night I stayed up in my tent listening to Matthew McConaughey playing beer pong, my kid asleep next to me. Everyone loves showing up for Pink!" Blair says. "Between touring, there were birthday parties for the kids and moon circles with all the lovely women in her life. The most endearing group."
Blair, who became friends with Pink over new motherhood in 2011, added, "Pink is the most courageous woman and the most thoughtful and present friend. We are all so lucky to be alive in the reign of Pink. Down to earth doesn't begin to capture the personal side of this rockstar. Truly a miracle human being."
Although she has to make sacrifices sometimes, Pink is happy to balance work and family, "I want to be the best I can be at everything, and it's never good enough. It's f***ing impossible," she said. "But I love being a mom, I love music, and I'm dumb lucky I get to do all of these things. I count my blessings every single day."
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